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“Texas Disguising Jail Deaths” story in Prison Legal News

Dec 21st, 2020

by Diana Claitor, TX Jail Project communications director.

In 2012, a 53-year-old Black woman named Edwinta Deckard was arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge and held in the Nacogdoches County Jail where she died after three days. Her death was an ordeal of dehydration and trauma, as repeated bouts of diarrhea were ignored by jail staff, and her condition spiraled downward. Cellmates begged jailers to get her medical help, and toward the end they witnessed jailers manhandle her as she lay unconscious.

The awful details of her rough treatment came out when two of the jailers were indicted for criminally negligent homicide, and a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed. However, charges against the jailers were mysteriously dropped when Visiting Judge Guy Griffin signed an order to quash the indictments against the two jailers, and a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit.

Since this was a death in custody, or DIC, Deckard’s death was required by law to be reported to the state, and as such, the details and summary would be officially recorded.

However, that didn’t happen. There’s no record of her death in the custodial death database at the office of the Texas Attorney General (AG). Thus, neither the jail, the county sheriff, nor Nacogdoches County was held accountable. Not reporting a death in custody is a violation of a statute and could have resulted in the sheriff being charged with a class C misdemeanor, but by the time I discovered that Deckard’s death had never been reported, the violation was past the two-year statute of limitations.



Gaines County: Abel Vasquez dies after suicide attempt at jail

Dec 3rd, 2014

 Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:37 AM, NewsWest9.com GAINES COUNTY – A Gaines County Jail inmate has died after attempting suicide. The incident happened on Sunday at the Gaines County Law Enforcement Center. We’re told that 18-year-old Abel Marroquin Vasquez from Seagraves was attempting suicide by hanging. Officials say that Vasquez was taken to Memorial Hospital



James McGowan dies in Montague County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014

by Mechell Dixon 07/31/2014, Texoma’shomepage.com Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a Bowie man who was found in his Montague County jail cell. Trooper Tony Fulton says 28 year old James McGowan was booked into the jail last week. The Montague County Sheriff’s office lists McGowan’s charges as theft of a firearm and unlawful



Gregory Lange dies in the Tom Green County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014

11/11/14 from EverythingLubbock.com SAN ANGELO, TX —  The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of an inmate at the Tom Green County Jail. The inmate was a former Runnels County Justice of the Peace who was in jail for a DWI conviction. Jailers found 58-year-old Gregory Lange unresponsive and unconscious in the Tom Green County jail



Inez Trujillo Jr dies in Duval County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:24 pm from the Alice Echo News Journal    The Texas Ranger Service is currently investigating an in-custody death that occurred at the Duval County Jail. Texas Ranger Jeff Rickel was called in by Duval County Investigators to conduct an independent investigation into the death of a Duval County inmate. The



The Death of Nathan Pierce

Jul 30th, 2012

Texas Jail Project is concerned, as are many people, about a person with mental disorders being shot to death during transport to a state hospital. Our deepest sympathies to his mother and the rest of the family. We are shocked to hear from them that there were no charges and no further investigation of this death and that the family has been left high and dry. . . what kind of county treats the loved ones of its citizens like this? Texas Jail Project supports efforts to find out more about how this officer came to shoot an unarmed person on the way to ta hospital. There is a link to a newstory about the shooting of Nathan Pierce by a Grayson County deputy on the next page, along with an obituary we obtained online.



Death of Edwinta Deckard Changes Nacogdoches Jail

Jul 11th, 2012

A Texas Ranger investigation actually finds a jail and its staff responsible for the death of a person in their custody, due to lack of medical care! This outcome is rare and Texas Jail Project is relieved to see it happen. Even more importantly, the Nacogdoches Commissioners Court took steps to prevent other deaths by creating a new position who will advise jailers on procedures and practices to follow when dealing with ill or injured inmates. We hope that people in Nacogdoches County will let us know if there is any improvement in the medical care in that jail.



Second Conroe Suicide in Two Months

Jun 29th, 2012

How many people have to kill themselves before the MOCO jail administrators make some changes? Both these men used bed sheets to kill themselves. Neither were convicted and Noboa had been held for a year and was in a single cell, in isolation. In many parts of the U.S. and the world, prolonged solitary confinement is considered torture. And Texas Jail Project has been receiving more and more complaints about this jail’s treatment of inmates over the past few months. We need a real investigation of this jail. As well as an investigation of pre-trial detention that lasts a year!



Montano dies at the Orange County Jail

Oct 26th, 2011

The death of an Orange County correctional facility inmate is under investigation by the Texas Rangers. Forty-one year-old Robert Montano had been in the jail’s infirmary since his arrest. Acadian ambulance and the Orange Fire Department were dispatched early yesterday morning to attempt life-saving techniques on Montano, but they were unsuccessful. An autopsy is planned.



Montano Dies in Orange County Jail Infirmary

Oct 20th, 2011

An inmate at the Orange County Correctional Facility died Wednesday morning from undisclosed medical issues. Robert Montano, 41, of Orange was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn after paramedics were unable to save him around 5 a.m., according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Montano was originally booked into the